Friday night, the Sacramento Kings (27-44) travel to Oracle Arena to face the Golden State Warriors (57-14) in a game where current Warriors forward, Matt Barnes, faces his old team. When Barnes faces his former team, he will be “trying to kill them.”
Hear from @Matt_Barnes22 on fitting in with the squad, facing his former team & more.
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) March 23, 2017
Obviously, Barnes will not be trying to murder his teammates, but he is hoping to blow them out after they released him prior to the trade deadline. After the DeMarcus Cousins trade, Sacramento released Barnes to make room for their acquisitions, something clearly not forgotten by the forward.
Barnes first played with the Kings in the 2004-2005 season and grew up in Santa Clara, California, making him surprised that he found out about the trade and his release from the news. Barnes wanted to make an impact on his hometown team, but they instead let him go without any closure. Being a hometown hero is something special, but just was not meant to be in this situation.
The following is from Jon Schultz of the Sacramento Bee.
“It was frustrating because being back home and really taking pride in trying to put that team back on the map, and then just in a day’s time you’re no longer a part of the organization. So it was kind of a rude awakening.”
After all, the NBA is a business and the Kings are re-beginning their re-build process. Barnes had no reason to stay in Sacramento even though it is his hometown. The season and the team’s record was not going to improve any time so and there was no reason for a veteran to be a part of that environment.
Matt Barnes is ready for tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/ETUuLh6qQQ
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 23, 2017
Barnes’ career is coming to an end and if he wants to finish with a championship, Golden State may be his last chance to win a ring in the NBA. Barnes may still be upset about his ending in Sacramento, but he should be thankful as he is finally in a position to win a championship.